Monday, April 2, 2018

My Thoughts: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Audiobook)
Throne of Glass
(Throne of Glass #1)
by Sarah J. Maas
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Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Pages: 404
ISBN: 9781619630345
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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"Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin."

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King's Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she'd have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world. (Goodreads)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is one of those books that have been sitting on my shelf for forever, but that I never really got around to reading, even though I really, really wanted to. I own all of the books in this series that have been released so far, and every day I pass them on my shelf, but never picked them up. This year I made a goal to finish reading some of the book series that I had started on the past but had not yet finished, AND to finally start a few books series that I had been meaning to read, but still hadn't gotten to. Throne of Glass was definitively on my list of series to start reading, and I'm thrilled to say I finally read the book! And, if I read one book from this series a month over the next few months, I will be completely caught up by the time the seventh and final book is released in October!!

My first thought after finally finishing it was: WHY had I not read this book sooner!? A lot of people warned me that I would really enjoy it, and I did.  There were a lot of things to like about the story, including the main character, Celaena/Aelin, who is pretty fierce and quite the badass. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the books in this series have in store for her. I also really liked both Chaol and Dorian, thought it did take me a bit to warm up to Dorian. Nehemia was really awesome as well, and I hope we get to see her again in the next book.

The storyline for this book was definitely unique, and highly entertaining. I had a few different fantasy books on my TBR this month, including Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard which I just recently finished, and also Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, which I just started. I was a little worried that reading so many different fantasy stories together in one month would be confusing, but they are all so different and unique, I don't think I will have to worry about that after all.

I opted to listen to the audiobook version of Throne of Glass, even though I own physical copies all the books, mostly because I found it on Audible for less than $5, and it seemed like really good deal. Elizabeth Evans did a great job narrating the story, and I just recently discovered that she narrates for the whole series, so that is pretty awesome. I definitely plan to read the rest of the series in audio format as well.

Overall; Throne of Glass is an interesting start to what should hopefully be a highly addictive series for me to read! I'm really looking forward to starting Crown of Midnight in April, and continuing along with the rest of the series until I get to the final book. I'm so glad I finally decided to get started on this series! I can totally see what the fuss is all about. :)

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